Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Heart's Made Whole Review


About the Book

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s been given the post as lighthouse keeper, and the isolation where he can drown in drink and hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s none-too-pleased to be giving up her position. They both quickly realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but Ryan’s unwilling to let anyone close, ravaged by memories and guilt. Caroline’s drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love? (Goodreads)

My Review

This is the second book in the series and it really doesn't relate much to the first, so I would say you could read them separately. I have read all of Hedlund's books and she is a favorite author of mine. This one wasn't quite as good as the first in the series. I still really did enjoy it and couldn't put it down too often. There is a bit of a "mystery" that threads throughout the book and I didn't find it to be too mysterious. The first part of the book I just couldn't decide how I felt about all of the characters. Tessa and Caroline's relationship is a unique portrayal of sisters though it was not fun to read. There are a lot of darker heavy issues in this book that surprised me but I applaud the author for writing about it. The last part of the book was not what I was expecting and I really loved how the book ended.
While I did enjoy this book, the first remains my favorite and I give this book four stars.

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

Don't miss Jody Hedlund's new book, Hearts Made Whole, a story of loss, forgiveness, hope, and true love set in 1865 Michigan. When Ryan's failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Can Caroline forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

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